Hightech made in Germany in the USA
To establish closer contacts in the USA and to find new customers, three companies from the German textile-processing industry have showcased at Texprocess Americas in Atlanta as part of the “High Tex from Germany” show. For which Expert Systemtechnik, RSG Automation Technics and Strobel Spezialmaschinen are highly rated in the USA.
“There is a trend in the USA to bring production back into the country. In that way you have the best control over it. This is particularly true for the processing of dear leather”, observes Sebastian Bruder, managing director for personnel, sales and marketing at Expert Systemtechnik in Bielefeld. “At our firm the main issue is that of faster cutting paths. The system we have developed calculates the most efficient overall path for the material to be cut. In this way even complicated patterns can be linked optimally together. Cutting from pattern to pattern is a thing of yesterday”, he emphasises, According to Bruder, the company’s technology leads to a time saving of 15 to 25%, resulting in significantly less wear on the machine.
At RSG Automation Technics they already knew Texprocess Americas and the parallel Techtextil North America in Atlanta. “It is the third time we have been here. The USA is one of the most important markets world-wide for our company”, says Dr. Andreas Ecker, owner and CEO of the firm with head office in Bietigheim-Bissingen near Stuttgart. The company specialises in automation concepts for textile tapes. A seatbelt of textile material for a car, for example, must be “married” with various mechanical components before fitting. This also applies to many other products, such as safety straps for cargo carriers or lifting slings. For these purposes RSG designs and builds individual semi and fully automated systems in Germany. “In Germany we supply customers such as the aircraft industry, suppliers to the US military, or customers in the area of safety-belt systems”, says Ecker.
Also present in Atlanta were Strobel speciality machines from Puchheim near Munich. The specialist in blind-stich and overlock-seam machinery supplies the processors for the fashion, leather and shoe industry and for technical textiles all over the world. The firm can look back on more than 125 years of history and is so well known for its overlock seam that the word “Einstrobeln” has become well established as a technical term in the shoe industry.
Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas are held at two-year intervals. For the second time “High Tex from Germany” made a guest appearance from 22 to 24 May at Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas. A total of 66 companies showed technical textiles, non-wovens, textile-processing machinery, smart textiles and projects in textile research to the trade visitors at the show and exhibition for the industry, held by the German Ministry of Economics and Energy in collaboration with the Association of the German Trade Fair Industry (AUMA). The industry successfully showcased itself as early as the year 2000 for the first time in the USA, then in 2002 in Shanghai and in 2007 in Mumbai, and finally in 2012 in Moscow.
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